More iTunes 8.0 Info and New iPod Dimensions Posted

Kevin Rose is at it again with more information about iTunes 8. This time quoting one of his sources saying:

“What’s new in iTunes 8

iTunes 8 includes Genius, which makes playlists from songs in your library that go great together. Genius also includes Genius sidebar, which recommends music from the iTunes Store that you don’t already have.

With iTunes 8, browse your artists and albums visually with the new Grid view; download your favorite TV shows in HD quality from the iTunes Store; sync your media with iPod nano (4th generation), iPod classic (2nd generation), and iPod touch (2nd generation); and enjoy a stunning new music visualizer.”

We still don’t know if there will be an unlimited iTunes subscription (but it is unlikely) I would say though that Genius could become an unbelievable feature if combined with an unlimited option.

TV shows in HD is going to be really great but I wonder if this means that the newer iPods and/or the iPhone 3G are actually capable of playing back HD content. If you remember when the original iPod 5G came out it was only capable of 320×240 video but was later updated to allow playback of 640×480 video, could this also happen with the new iPods?

According to the quote we’ll also be seeing a 4G Nano, a 2G Classic, and a 2G iPod Touch. Oddly enough iLounge posted an image of what they claim to be the dimensions of the new iPod Nano and iPod Touch.

None of this really surprises me at all but what I’m wondering is what is going to be the pricing on the HD TV shows. Are they going to be $2.99? That is the same price as renting a movie and seems very over priced. Or, are they going to go the route of letting users rent HD TV shows for $1.99 with the same 30 day/24 hour system set up for the movies?

All of these questions will be answered on Sep 9th at 10am Pacific time but I sure hope that we’ll get HD TV shows and I also really hope we get some more info about iPhone firmware 2.1.

Kevin Rose

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